Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Ideas For The Classroom!

Halloween is fast approaching and I love it!
Not only do I love all the decorations and colors associated with Halloween, I love the costumes, candy and all the excitement the kids get from dressing up and acting silly!!

Let's talk Pinterest for a minute!
I am on there frequently looking for other great ideas from ordinary people just like me. On my Pinterest account, I have tons of school boards and I specifically have a Halloween board. I love pinning great Halloween ideas. {Click here to check it out now and be sure to follow me if you aren't already!} 

Anywho, I wanted to show you a few of the great Halloween related pins that I recently found! 
I love them!!
{You can click on any of the pictures to view them on my Pinterest!}
First up, a cute and easy craft!
Sensory bin ideas!
A cute way to give candy!
A cute and easy card/craft for students!
An adorable spider craft!
What an awesome idea for a classroom door!!
Holy cuteness!! I love this easy bunting! How stinkin' creative!
And then I started to find the cutest pumpkin designs too!!! Look how cute these are!
Those are on my Pumpkin board--click here to view that board! 
I seriously could go on and on with the great ideas I've found---but I'll spare you for now!
Be sure to click any of the pictures to be taken to their original source and for goodness sakes, you scroll through those Pinterest boards! You'll thank me later {after you've lost a few hours of your day!} :) 

While we are talking Halloween, I finished another little Halloween goody last night!
It includes numbers 1-20 so that you can differentiate for your students!
Here's what it looks like! 
Students are matching the number, number word, base ten blocks and tally marks. 
Click here to view it on TpT! 

And here are few other items that are Halloween themed too!
Click the pictures above to view them or
 you can view ALL of my Halloween themed creations 
all at once by clicking HERE

Sunday, October 5, 2014

What Makes A Substitute Teacher great?

If you have been following my blog for ANY amount of time, you know my story....I'm a Kindergarten teacher who moved across the big pond and I currently reside in England! Since moving here six months ago, I've looked for teaching jobs but they are hard to come by and it seems that the key to getting in to schools is by being a substitute first. 

So, that's where I'm at now! 
I've gone through loads of paperwork and I'm proud to say, I start my journey as a substitute teacher tomorrow---I will be in a 1st grade class! 

I'm filled with tons emotions----
I'm happy to be working again {I'm such a busy body!}
I'm scared of the unknown
I'm confident in what I know and my abilities as a teacher
I'm anxious about not knowing what kind of class I will have
I'm eager to get started......And I could go on and on {but I'll spare you! HA}

So, as a teacher, we've all had subs. We've had GREAT subs and not so great ones, both of which stick out in my mind. I'm now trying to remember what made them awesome or what made them so horrible. But unfortunately, we never REALLY know what makes a great substitute great, since we aren't there when they are! 

So my question to you is:
Have you ever been a substitute before? 
If so, what are some tricks or tips that you can pass on to me?
And if not, what are some attributes that make subs great? 

I'd love for you to leave me some comments/suggestions/tips/tricks about being the best substitute that I can be! :)  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Is Upon Us! {FREEBIE Included!}

It is officially October which can only mean one thing....it's to bust out new "not so spooky" resources!! Here at the Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids headquarters {aka my home} I've have the creating bug!! I've been busy working everyday to create some of my best resources yet and I can't wait any longer to show you my two newest products {and freebie}! 

First up is my Halloween -save your ink- Math Printables! 
(I'm kind of in love with the cover! Eeeekkkk!!!)
Click on the picture to view it on TpT!
 Here is a quick preview of most of the pages included in the unit!
This unit includes skills like one-to-one counting, number words, ten frames, tally marks, coin identification, shapes, even/odd numbers and patterns!!

My daughter could NOT wait to get her hands on these sheets.  I was printing a few pages off to check for clarity and such when she started in on me to do some of them.  Being that good mother/teacher that I am, I obliged and let her have it! You would have thought I just had given her gold.  She was in her element for sure!

Next up is the math's counter part---the Halloween -save your ink-Literacy Printables!
Click on the picture to view it on Tpt!
 Here's an overview of what's included in this pack!
This unit includes skills such as capital letters, lower case letters, matching capital and lower case letters, vowels/constants, initial sounds, real/nonsense words, middle sounds, rhyming and CVC words!!

Again, my little school girl had a hay-day with these!
I hope you like what you see and I hope they will serve your kiddos well at school! They are currently on sale if you'd like to snatch them up now!! 

Now, on to the freebie I think you will love!
Click the picture to download it now!!
I created this graphing activity because it is a great skill that kids can start practicing early on in the school year! The bright colors and cute graphics are sure to keep your students engaged. I simply slip the graph inside of a clear page protector, I give my students a few dry erase markers, a pencil and a paperclip for a spinner and voila--an instant math center that is easy and reusable! I hope you can use this freebie in your classroom!! 

Click on any of the pictures to view them on TpT!

Have a fun and "not so spooky" October!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

See what's new!!

Oh.My.Goodness.
Whew...I feel like I have just run a marathon.  
Why, you ask!?! 
Because I am currently working on my Master's degree---enough said right? My classes are ten weeks long and feel even longer!!! Last week was week ten, hence my blogging absence for the entire month! I am close to finishing my degree but my stamina is running low.  But the good news is I have a little break until the next set of classes start so I am ready to relax and recharge!!

My first order of business on the "relaxing" agenda...working on TpT creations!! I love creating and I really get lost in it sometimes--which is a good thing! 

I recently completed a few projects...and I have many more waiting to explode from my head onto paper!  Take a look at what I've recently done!

Click on each picture to view the unit on TpT!

 First up is my unit all about shapes! 
 Here is a preview of everything included!
And here are the specifics! 
Next up is my unit all about graphing.  There are 50 graphs that will keep your kiddos busy for a while! 
Next, I created a resource to help with those pesky sight words.  This unit is specifically for the Kindergarten sight words from the Scott Foresman Reading Steer series. 
The next 3 resources are all for sight words also. They are cut and assemble puzzles. I created one for the Scott Foresman Kindergarten words....
 And here is one for the Fry words, 1-50.....
 And here is one for the Fry words 51-100.
My students always needed more practice with sight words. I hope these cut and assemble puzzles will keep the students engaged while learning those words. 

Be sure to click on each picture to view that resource in my TpT store! 
I'd love to hear what you think about them all! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

My September Currently!

It's the first of the month which means one things.....
It's time for September's Currently with Mrs. Farley

Here is mine for this month::

I just discovered we have NY Med on Demand on the TV....I love this show---and Dr. Oz!

My Master's classes run in 10 week sessions---and we are now on week 8 our 10! Wooo-Hoooo!!! I feel a little break coming my way.  I'm already planning on what to do during my "school work break". Ohhhhhh, the possibilities!! :)

We just got home (tonight) from a 3 day weekend in Paris!! I know right...pinch me! I think it was a dream!!! lol... We had such a great time, made tons of great memories, ate TONS of food, took a million pictures and just enjoyed the city! It was AH-MA-ZING!!!! 

I wish that I could have just a few more hours in the day....for real! I could get so much done!  Anyone feel me on this?!?!?

I seriously need a spa day-SOON!!! My 2nd grader started school last week and my little man starts preschool (3-K) later this week! I love my kids but I do believe a little "away" time does us all some good! My sanity needs it!!!

My husband and I have a list a mile long that we want to visit and my top 3 are Ireland, Whales and Germany at the moment! We love to travel and can't wait to plan our next adventure!!

That's all I have for now.
I'll leave you with a few pictures from our Paris trip!
If you haven't been, you NEED to go!! You won't regret it!
 I took this last night as we say under the Eiffel Tower! 
I took this picture as we cruised down the river on a commentated river cruise. The sunset mixed with the French flag made for an awesome picture!!